There are three concepts that are essential to the Tao Te Ching-Tao, Te, and Wu Wei-- that all have complex meanings that cannot be directly translated, but spiritual seekers and those with an interest in philosophy and religion will find Goddard's treatment of Laotzu lyrical and deeply meaningful. His most famous book is The Buddhist Bible Your Cart items Cart total.
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The world is a sacred vessel that cannot be changed. He who changes it will destroy it.
He who seizes it will lose it. So, among all things, Some lead and some follow, Some sigh and some pant, Some are strong and some are weak, Some overcome and some succumb. Therefore the sage avoids extremity, excess, and extravagance.
If princes and kings can abide by this, All things will form themselves. If they form themselves and desires arise, I subdue them with nameless simplicity. Nameless simplicity will indeed free them from desires. Without desire there is stillness, And the world settles by itself.
Without desire there is stillness, And the world settles by itself. So, the sage acts by doing nothing, Teaches without speaking, Attends all things without making claim on them, Works for them without making them dependent, Demands no honor for his deed. Sofia added it Aug 31, The Great Learning Unabridged. Shen references Yao as using Fa administrative method in the selection and evaluation of men. Collection Of Buddhism Volume 2. If they are not meant to happen, then there is no need to force.
What has no substance Can penetrate what has no opening. Thereby I know the value of non-action. The value of teaching without words And accomplishing without action Is understood by few in the world.
Without looking through the window, You can see Heaven's Way. The longer you travel, the less you know.
Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Donald S. Lopez, Jr. is professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Lao Tzu's Tao and Wu Wei by [Goddard, Dwight, Henri Borel]. Laotzu's Tao and Wu Wei, by Dwight Goddard and Henri Borel, , full text etext at domaine-solitude.com
The sage knows without traveling, Perceives without looking, Completes without acting. Those who seek the Way, Let go of something every day. They let go and let go, Until reaching no action. When nothing is done, Nothing is left undone. Never take over the world to tamper with it.
Those who want to tamper with it Are not fit to take over the world. Make the small big and the few many. Return animosity with virtue. Meet the difficult while it is easy. Meet the big while it is small. The most difficult in the world Must be easy in its beginning. The biggest in the world Is small in its beginning. So, the sage never strives for greatness, And can therefore accomplish greatness. Lightly given promises Must meet with little trust. Taking things lightly Must lead to big difficulties.
So, the sage regards things as difficult, And thereby avoids difficulty. What has not yet emerged is easy to prevent. The brittle is easy to shatter.
The small is easy to scatter. Solve it before it happens. Order it before chaos emerges.